Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Atrium Level I (ages 3-6) Thurs. 2-3:30; and Level II (ages 6-9) Tues. 2-3:30
at St. Scholastica Academy, 1600 Orlando Ave., Winter Park (St. John’s Lutheran Church)
What is Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS)?
CGS was founded by Sofia Cavaletti, an Italian Hebrew Scripture scholar, as a Catholic religious education program using Montessori methods to nurture the child’s relationship with God and educates the child in the faith. This approach follows St. Thomas Aquinas’ understanding that our knowledge begins in the perception of the senses. In Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, children contemplate the life of Jesus and the liturgy of the Church with the use of many sensorial materials, including infancy narrative figures, a raised surface map of the Land of Israel, a model altar and a model baptismal font. This concrete method of presenting the faith is similar to the way the Church teaches us through the sacraments, holy water, incense, and statues.
What is the Atrium?
The word “Atrium” comes from the place where the catechumens in the early church would meet for preparation to join the church. The CGS Atrium is a place of prayer prepared especially for children.
The Atrium is a place where the child comes to know the great realities of…life as a Christian, but also and above all, a place where the child begins to live these realities in meditation and prayer. There is nothing of the academic classroom about the atrium; it is not a place for religious instruction but religious life. ~Sofia Cavaletti